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Conservative rebels in times of intense difficulty (6)


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'times of intense difficulty' is the definition.
'crises' can be an answer for 'times' (I have seen 'Times of danger ' mean 'crises' so perhaps 'times' could also mean 'crises'). I am not sure about the 'of intense difficulty' bit.

'conservative rebels' is the wordplay.
'conservative' becomes 'C' (UK political abbreviation).
'rebels' becomes 'rises' ('rise' can be a synonym of 'rebel').

'in' is the link.

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(Other definitions for crises that I've seen before include "desperate situations" , "desperate times" , "lot of emergencies" , "Crucial stages or unstable situations of difficulty" , "moments of disaster" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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